Eastern Cape pupils’ performance in the subject of mathematics literacy, perceived to be an easier alternative to pure maths, has dropped by more than 15% in the years since it was introduced. The Department of Education’s subject adviser for maths literacy, Luleka Nombombo, said in the Eastern Cape pupils’ performances in maths lit had dropped from 80% when it was introduced in 2006 to 65%.
Despite not committing themselves to a pass percentage for this year’s matrics, Eastern Cape education department bosses are adamant they have done enough to ensure the province does not come last when the results are announced in January. One of the department’s recent attempts to improve the matric pass rate includes a week-long Spring class this month at the cost of just more than R8-million. The Eastern Cape has languished at the bottom of provincial matric results for seven years.
AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu has instructed advocate Matthew Mphahlwa to block the screening of the gay-themed circumcision movie Inxeba (The Wound). The movie, directed by John Trengove, was screened at the Miriam Makeba Art Centre in East London on Saturday. It tells the story of a traditional surgeon who joins other men from his community on a journey to the mountains to initiate a group of teenagers into manhood.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".